We continue to recognize everything that is currently imported to Cuba, and that the industry, based on its capabilities, can, to avoid spending foreign currency; “We have endogenous resources available.” This was explained by Solangel Guach Martín, first vice president of the Light Industry Business Group (Gempil), in the Cuban Television Round Table program.
He said that the Science, Technology and Innovation Management System of the Higher Business Management Organization has priorities in developing new products, and replacing imported raw materials with national raw materials.
He pointed out that Gempil has very important programs in the sector, such as toothpaste, with 12 research projects and the participation of many entities, including the Center for Advanced Studies in Cuba and the Center for Research and Development of Medicines.
Also the Sugar Cane Research Institute, the Chemical Research Institute, the Mining-Metallurgical Industry Institute; the science, technology and innovation entity Sierra Maestra and the Cuban mixed company Suchel Camacho, SA
“It has achieved a product that meets the quality characteristics, and has sufficient acceptance by the population, with a saving of 3.2 million dollars,” he said.
He also explained that they are working on another program in the sector for the development of products, technology and reducing the environmental impacts of the Light Industry.
The purpose of this effort is to use science and innovation to develop new products and improve existing ones in textiles, footwear and leather, primarily.
Regarding production chains, the board showed some of the successes, such as the one achieved by Apicuba, an entity where they produce toiletries and cosmetic products, with active ingredients such as of royal jelly, propolis and bee honey, in addition to the Natural lines. Honey, from Suchel Camacho, and Alondra of Suchel.
“The National Center for Agricultural Health provided the sericin hydrolyzate and the Sierra Maestra science, technology and innovation entity supplied the moringa oil for the production of shampoo, conditioner, soap, bath gel and aftershave balm,” he added.